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Action to freeze drug money in banks

The acting IGP has instructed to freeze any bank accounts associated with drug money under the terms of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Movable and immovable properties of such account holders will also be confiscated according up to the amount in the said bank accounts, Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Thennakoon said.

Addressing a press briefing at Police Headquarters Senior DIG Deshabandu Thennakoon said that Acting IGP had also provided new officials to Anti-Money Laundering sections.

“According to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary initiatives have been taken to eliminate illegal acts of criminal groups and eradicate drug trafficking from the country,” he added.

“By now we have received all the information on organised criminal groups. Most of the criminal groups are handled by individuals in the prison or those who are out of the country. Action has been taken through the CID to produce these illegal drug traffickers to the local courts. The Prisons Commissioner General has also taken measures to rein in those engaged in illegal activities in prison,” he said.

He said that Community Police have also been deployed to annihilate drug trafficking and organised criminal groups. STF Commandant DIG Waruna Jayasundara said the STF will provide its fullest support to eradicate illegal drug traffickers and eliminate organised crime groups.

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